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Haunted Farm House



I shot this old abandoned farmhouse earlier at sundown with great results, but what I really wanted to do was a night shoot. It is a composite of over 31 separa...
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I shot this old abandoned farmhouse earlier at sundown with great results, but what I really wanted to do was a night shoot. It is a composite of over 31 separate exposures. For lighting I used a combination of LED flashlights, hand held camera flash and a halogen spot.
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doughunwick
 
doughunwick March 17, 2014
like the effort & creativity very nice airy image[sss]
clownsonvelvet PRO
 
clownsonvelvet July 08, 2014
Love it! Great spooky lighting, wonderful fell to this!
RobinV
 
RobinV March 16, 2015
All the effort you put into it created a stunning result
Studio95
 
Studio95 March 16, 2015
Congratulations.. Awesome pic :o)
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 March 16, 2015
Outstanding image...excellent work! Love the results of the lighting!!! Congratulations!!!
jamesnelms PRO
jamesnelms March 16, 2015
Thank you!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta March 16, 2015
Excellent image. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
DavesAdventures
 
DavesAdventures May 02, 2015
This would have gotten my vote for Best in Show for sure
rebeccacourt
 
rebeccacourt October 12, 2015
love this, outstanding, one best shots, very nice, creativity .love it.
Vince_Pope PRO+
 
Vince_Pope October 13, 2015
this is so intriguing, love it
staceyexton
 
staceyexton October 14, 2015
Amazing.
renomike
 
renomike April 10, 2016
Fantastic Shot....
dejanloris
 
dejanloris August 26, 2016
woow wonderful image!
adavies PRO
 
adavies October 12, 2016
Awesome image! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Spooky-ooky challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/spooky-ooky-photo-challenge-by-adavies

Behind The Lens

Location
It's an abandoned farm near Lancaster Airport in Lancaster, Texas. The farm consists of the house seen here as well as an abandoned horse barn, steel storage silos and a couple of large tool and equipment sheds. All-in-all, a great location for night shooting.
Time
I started shooting just after sunset. The entire shot took about two hours.
Lighting
For lighting I used a combination of LED flashlights, hand held camera flash and a halogen spot. There is very little direct lighting however. Rather, the light is 'skimmed' over the surface of the subject and along edges at 90 degree angle to the camera. For example, to create light for the grass, I stood off camera and swept a flashlight low over the top of the grass, keeping the beam at an angle to the camera.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D90 using a standard Nikon 18-105 mm VR lens. My tripod is an old heavy duty Bogen steel tripod, very sturdy for multiple exposure night stuff. My lighting was a off-brand camera flash and a small collection of cheap LED flashlights as well as a hologen spotlight. Colored gels were actually drink cup lids from a local convenience store.
Inspiration
The twisted tree and the lopsided angle of the decaying house. I shot this old abandoned farmhouse earlier in the day with great results, but I really wanted to do a night shot, specifically a painting-with-light shot.
Editing
This was a painting-with-light image. Over 30 different exposures were made over a period of two hours. All of the shots were adjusted in RAW and converted JPGs for layering into a large Photoshop file. There is no Photoshop trickery however. What you see here is exactly what the camera saw over dozens of exposures.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D90 and it's standard Nikon 18-105 mm VR lens. A heavy Bogen tripod, a light carbon fiber tripod, a monopod, and various cheap lights.
Feedback
Painting-with-light images like this require planning. It's best to scout out the location during daylight and set up your shot before the sun goes down.

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